Tech Insights from Glenn Lowry of The MoMA

Technology is constantly changing how we live and operate business. Previous AMT Lab research has explored technology’s significant impact on the museum sector. Learning from leaders in the field can help us to reflect on technology's wide impact on an organization, from operations to marketing and education initiatives.

As Director of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Glenn D. Lowry has experience integrating technology into a large cultural institution. During his tenure as Director of the MoMA he has guided the museum through extensive structural changes. Because he has held this role since 1995, he has been in a unique position to experience the changes happening to museums during the advent of technology.

 Photo: Laila Archuleta

Photo: Laila Archuleta

Dr. Lowry leads a staff of over 750 people and directs an active program of exhibitions, acquisitions, and publications. He has lectured and written extensively in support of contemporary art and artists and the role of museums in society, among other topics. He is a member of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's board of trustees, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society. He also serves on the advisory council of the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. In 2004, the French Government honored Mr. Lowry with the title of Officier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Born in 1954 in New York City and raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Mr. Lowry received a B.A. degree (1976) magna cum laude from Williams College, Williamstown, and M.A. (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) degrees in history of art from Harvard University.

AMT Lab Contributor Kevin O’Hora sat down with Glenn Lowry to discuss opportunities for art museums to use technology. You can listen to the podcast above, or follow our biweekly podcast series via iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher.